- A Spokane police officer has been charged with lying to investigators about the 2006 beating death of a mentally disabled man in custody. Officer Timothy Moses will resign from the police force and have his charges lodged in municipal court in a plea to avoid federal prosecution. In Otto Zehm’s killing, officer Karl Thompson, who believed Zehm had stolen money from an ATM, beat Zehm with his baton, with other officers joining in. Thompson later testified that Zehm had “lunged” at him with a soda bottle. Zehm died two days later. Thompson was convicted by a federal jury in 2011. Moses is accused of changing his account of the incident to better reflect on Thompson.
- The Port of Vancouver, Washington has announced a deal where it will ship crude oil from North Dakota by 2014. The oil will arrive by train to the port.
- In Bangladesh, thousands of garment workers took to the streets in Dhaka, as the death toll from a garment factory collapse yesterday has hit nearly 200, with estimates of 2,000 people working in the building when it collapsed. Reports are circulating that workers were ordered to return to work a day after a large crack was noticed in the building.
- Another person has locked themselves down in the path of Keystone XL pipeline construction in Oklahoma in order to protect the Red River, a major tributary of the Mississippi where pipe is being laid directly in the water.
- After the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, it appears as though there was confusion and little oversight as to how much ammonium nitrate, the volatile compound which triggered the explosion, was on site. 14 people were killed in the explosion on April 18.
- Israel says it will not indict prison guards over the death in custody of “Prisoner X,” an Autralian-Israeli citizen named Ben Zygier who worked for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency and hanged himself in Ayalon prison in 2010. Zygier had been imprisoned under secretive means, with Israeli media forbidden to report on him.
- Animal rights activists in Italy entered a University of Milan lab over the weekend, freeing animals, mixing up cage labels, and locking themselves by their necks to the lab’s doors. Researchers say that years worth of research has been destroyed and ceded some animals used in the experiments to the activists, in order to get them to stop their lockdown.
- 19 people are dead in Mosul, Iraq, where anti-government militants briefly took over part of the city, before the army ultimately retook it. This week has seen ferocious sectarian fighting, with more than 100 killed in northern Iraq.
- Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has been arrested in connection with the 2007 killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Musharraf was placed under house arrest last week, separately accused of treason, and will be appear before a terrorism court in Rawalpindi tomorrow. Last night, police defused a car bomb which had been parked near Musharraf’s fortified compound in Islamabad.